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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Get online support for your diet plan

It is always better to get advice and suggestion about your health concerns and diet plan. If you are worried about your weight gain and don't know where to start checking your calorie intake or plan to start exercise to make you fit, then internet provides lots of helpful information regarding weight loss or diet. 'Calorie Connect' is one of those sites which offers free information about supporting you with your diet plan.

'Calorie Connect' is an online utility based site which helps you to maintain your diet while providing you nutrient and calorie information from your foods.

It offers interactive personal nutrition and exercise information health conscious people need to make positive choices about their physical health and well being.

Mission: 'People can achieve and maintain a healthy physical lifestyle by accurately recording their diet and exercise information, and then acting positively to improve their numbers until they reach their wellness goals. To assist people in their quest to achieve their goals we have created a service that is statistically detailed while also being user-friendly. By regularly accessing their personalized pages on the Calorie Connect website our members can see at a glance if they are hitting their nutrition and exercise targets.'

How the site helps you?

You get detailed food consumption information, exercise data, and personalized charts and tables

You get detailed personal analysis on the calories you consume and burn. Their nutrition and profile pages help our you keep track of fourteen essential nutrients. Their xercise page allows you to record exercise activities and to assess progress towards weekly and monthly goals. At last you get the report containing detailed nutrient and exercise information.

The best thing about the site:
Calorie Connect membership is free. There are no fees or hidden costs for accessing any part of the Calorie connect website.

To become a member you need to provide some information like your height, weight, sex, and age data to create a personal profile.

Start from here: Calorie Connect

Friday, January 29, 2010

Health benefits of fish oil

I remember my childhood getting a daily dose of a golden color capsule during winter. It was tasteless so we didn't argue in swallowing that stuff. After getting maturity I knew that it was cod liver oil capsule.

What is the fish oil?
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are the main components of fish oil.

If we talk about 'fish oil benefits' there is a good list of diseases which can be prevented by regular use of fish oil.

Health benefits of fish oil include decreased risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, improvement in rheumatoid arthritis, prevention of macular degeneration, and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

There is also evidence that fish oil consumption is beneficial for patients with depression, schizophrenia, and Parkinson's disease. Finally, several studies have confirmed that fish oils, especially DHA, are essential for optimum development of an infant's brain and visual acuity.

What dose is sufficient to get the health benefits?

Minimum daily intake of about 500 mg of EPA + DHA is required to achieve meaningful benefits.

A recent study involving Canadian children between the ages of 4 and 8 years found that 78% of them did not meet the recommended intake for children. Researchers from the University of Waterloo report that residents of retirement homes are also likely to be deficient in EPA + DHA. Their study involved 15 residents (7 male and 8 female) aged between 79 and 98 years. The EPA and DHA content of their meals, snacks, and supplements was determined by actual measurement in duplicate food and supplement samples. Their blood level of fatty acids was determined from fingertip prick blood samples. The average (mean) daily intake of EPA + DHA was only 121 mg (median of 53 mg/day).

But are there any fish oil side effects?

Yes there are some side effects which may be:

- Gastrointestinal complaints
- Thinning of blood
- Allergic reaction
- Low blood pressure
- Fish oil supplement may be toxic

For details: 'fish oil'

So it is advised to consult your doctor or health concerning person to ask for suggestion about daily intake of fish oil.

Useful links:

* 'Health benefits of fish oil'

* 'Latest research and health benefits of fish oil'

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bring a change in your life for better health

'Change 4 Life' helps you bring change in your life for better health. You would be able to get helpful information, tools and tips at the site.

How it helps us change our life to better?

The movement will help to make behaviors around diet and physical activity more high profile and will provide accessible, friendly and encouraging support to implement changes.

There are 8 healthy behaviors that can help you live a better life:

The site suggests:

1. Swapping food and drink with added sugar for options that are lower in sugar or sugar-free. We're calling this ‘sugar swaps’.
2. Making sure kids eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. We're using the name that parents are already familiar with: 5 A DAY.
3. 2.3 Making time for regular meals to help avoid unhealthy eating habits. We're calling this ‘meal time’.
4. Setting a limit on the number of snacks and treats kids have each day. We're calling this ‘snack check’.
5. Making sure kids eat the right sized portions for their age and size. We're calling this ‘me size meals’.
6. Taking simple steps to eat less fat by comparing food labels, swapping certain foods for others and changing the way food is cooked and prepared. We're calling this ‘cut back fat’.
7. Making sure kids do at least 60 minutes of physical activity - like playing outside, walking or swimming - every day. We're calling this ‘60 active minutes’.
8. Limiting ‘sitting down’ activities, like watching TV or playing computer games, and encouraging kids to do something more active. We're calling this ‘up and about’.

These all behavior changes are sure ways to bring change in our lifestyle and

The site provides all the stuff for free and registration is also free for all so let's make our life more meaningful and healthier by bringing change in our lives.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Have an online family doctor for your health needs

If you search the net for health related information, there are many health related sites where you can look for all the related terms or information.

Do you think that still you are more comfortable having chat with your family doctor about any kind of health problem or information?

But 'Organized Wisdom' claims to fulfill this need of 'having a doctor in the family' where you can find all online information which your family doctor can provide you or suggest you.

'Organized Wisdom' provides search results for the most popular health search terms and phrases without the clutter, redundant links or index spam typically found in search engines. Site is user friendly and getting the specific information about any topic is easy.

- OrganizedWisdom.com is the first expert-guided search service for health.

- WisdomCards feature the Top 10 online resources on more than 100,000 health topics and are updated regularly by physicians and search guides.

- OrganizedWisdom was named to PC Magazine's list of Top Websites of 2008.

It is an organized effort of physicians to collect the world’s best health wisdom from across the Web and provide it via 'Organized Wisdom'

They say:

'Our innovative publishing platform has become the most authoritative way to help people find the best online health information. The site's expert-curated content, called WisdomCards, organizes "The Top 10" online health resources on more than 100,000 health topics. WisdomCards are updated regularly by physicians and expert guides. Click here to visit our most popular health centers and learn more.'

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Home remedies for kidney stones

Few years back I realized that I am getting symptoms which clearly show that I may get kidney stones. From few months I was suffering from lower back pain and felt that the pain was very noticeable whenever I was dehydrated. Severe hot and cold weather makes this condition worse as I feel a continues discomfort feeling at right side of my lower back. During my visit to doctor and taking my antibiotic course I searched the net for more information. I believe that prevention is the best medicine and home remedies are best ways to keep ourselves safe from health risks.

The site "Kidney stone symptoms" is one of those sites which is specially for only this topic and gives very detailed information about the topic.

I was really amazed to see the 'home remedy' portion of the site as I didn't get good stuff at top health sites.

Effective home remedies for kidney stones:

* 'For preventing the kidney stone from formations, the first home treatment of kidney stone is to develop a habit of taking lots and lots of fluid in the form of water and fruit juices. It is one of the effective home treatments for kidney stones. This type of consumption of water in extreme level assists to crack the stones and make them ready to melt gradually with urine. The regular habit of drinking water makes these kidney stones absolutely eliminated.

* Avoidance of the calcium supplements is also a part of the home treatment of kidney stones. It is seen that kidney stone formation is due to intake of calcium and calcium products. Instead of calcium, there should be use of magnesium supplement.

* If you are suffering from the calcium stones, then the first thing you have to do is to cut down as much as salt. It is beneficial for you to prevent intake of salt or else you have to take 2 to 3 grams of salt every day.

* Another preferred option at home is eating of watermelon, which is an effective fruit for people who are suffering from kidney stones. The main advantage of this fruit is that it consists of plenty of water and so it assists to dissolve the kidney stones very speedily.

* Tomato juice is also an effective supplement for the kidney stones. So drinking of one glass fresh tomato juice at morning is one of the effective home treatments of kidney stones.

* Likewise, tomato juice, fruit like grapes have an outstanding diuretic worth only because of high consumption of water and potassium salt in it. The low albumin and sodium chloride in this fruit lessen the pain of kidney stones. Therefore, the main objective of this home treatment of kidney stones is to make aware sufferers to eat grapes as much as possible.'


- Read the full post here: Home Treatment For Kidney Stones

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